Saturday, 27 October 2007

First noticed in the press

Martin Shipton's article on the project published in today's Western Mail. You can read it here

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Publicising the research

Following the preparation and issue of a press information pack, the Research Team (Rebecca Edwards and Bob Smith), and members of the Project Steering Group (Mohammed Jabbar, Paul Ballard, Roy Thomas and Keith Kimber) had an hour long meeting with Martin Shipton, a senior journalist with the Western Mail, for an interview about the research project - why it's needed and what it seeks to contribute to current social debate.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Survey questionnaire mailing

Today saw the mailing out of the agreed questionnaire to nearly 270 recipients identified by the research team's preliminary enquiries. A deadline of 5th November has been set for their return. A reply paid envelope has been provided with the survey documents for this purpose. Anyone who hears about this enquiry whose religious community fails to receive a questionnaire may download and print a copy for completion and return from here.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Conference on Consultation

The Consultation Institute aims to raise the standards public service organisations apply to their work of consultation on the entire range of issues and concerns on which they have policies. A seminar held in Bristol today was entitled 'Best Practice Consultation with Faith Groups'. Its aim was to get local government officials and other public servants to think about what they do to ensure that the full range of faith-communities are properly consulted on matters concerning them, as is now required by statute.

A report on the content of the meeting can be found here

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Steering group fifth meeting

The main survey questionnaire was reviewed at tonight's meeting, prior to production and distribution later this month. Raising the publicity profile of the survey is now a priority task.

The questionnaire can be found here.

Reports were received about collaboration with Gweini and CYTUN projects funded by FCCBF, their involvement in the conference planning and participation, also in publication of each other's research findings.

The St
eering Group will be represented at a 'Best Practice consultation with Faith Groups' seminar organised for public service workers and local government officers in Bristol on 10th October.

Meeting minutes here